Merchants Association's 20th anniversary pops up as a museum

Hampden Column

September 24, 2012

Hampden's next First Friday, on Oct. 5, not only features local businesses staying open later with special events, sales and refreshments, but it marks the kick-off of a special, weekend-only event.

The Hampden Village Merchants Association, Hampden's local business association, turns 20 this year. And to celebrate, it has organized the 20th Anniversary Pop-Up Museum. The museum will be free and open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It'll be located at 36th Street and Elm Avenue.

And if the museum looks a lot like a repurposed U-Haul truck, that's because that's what it is. The Friday Night preview party is only for HVMA members and media.

If you know any high-schoolers out there with a flair for T-shirt design, here's their chance. Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby has announced "Baltimore: Through My Eyes," a T-shirt design competition open to youths in grades 9-12. This is a citywide contest, in which kids are encouraged to create a drawing that shows what government means to them or what the 2012 presidential election means to them.

The winner will have his or her artwork featured on clothing. The contest deadline is Friday, Oct. 1. For more information, email

Regular readers of this column are probably familiar with my anti-littering concerns and complaints. As one reader once told me, "You sure write about it enough."

Here's a great opportunity for the Hampden community to get involved in cleaning itself up and maybe win some scratch in the process. The Mayor's Fall Cleanup is Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seventy-one communities will vie to win $24,000 in prizes. There will be four first-place winners of $5,000 apiece), and four second-place winners ($1,000 each).

So pick a location that needs cleaning, line up volunteers and call 311 to register.

And finally, be sure to stop by and check out Mattye Hamilton's art show, Figures In Bloom, at Minás Gallery & Boutique, 815 W. 36th St. The show runs through Nov. 25.

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